Available at Delta (BC) & Mississauga (ON)
PRODUCER/COOPERATIVE/FARMER(S): Abiyot Ageze who works with around 650 farmers in the area of Arich
VARIETAL(S): JARC selections (notably 74110 & 74112) & other Indigenous Landraces
ALTITUDE: 1,950 - 2,300 MASL
DRYING: Dried on African beds
BAG TYPE: GrainPro in jute
BAG SIZE: 60kg
CUPPING NOTES: Strawberry, melon, dark chocolate, balanced, clean cup
Aricha is a very famous area for coffee in Yirgacheffe. While Yirgacheffe became famous decades ago for being the first place washed coffees were produced and recognized for quality in Ethiopia, Aricha became famous for its natural coffees. Aricha is just a few kilometers from the town of Idido and the community of Wegida, and this small area of coffee production changed the whole perspective on Yirgacheffe coffee, when a producer from that area experimented in the early 2000's with the first special preparation naturals. Those first Idido and Aricha natural selections became legends in the specialty coffee industry, and these communities continue to be a place recognized for its unique quality and flavor profile.
This lot comes from Abiyot Ageze, a coffee producer who grew up in Yirgacheffe, who continues the tradition of producing natural processed selections from this renown area. With a strong team that works with farmers in the heart of in these areas, Abiyot is dedicated to experimenting and process improvement on all his coffees, but the naturals he makes are a particular focus.
Abiyot Ageze and his family grew up in the town of Yirgacheffe. Today, even though he is in the capital, Addis Ababa, for business for much of the year, Yirgacheffe is still the place Abiyot and his family call home.
With Abiyot Ageze knowing the history of Yirgacehffe and the quality potential for coffee here, he knew where to buy and build processing sites in some of the best areas. Abiyot operates two washing stations that are located in the kebeles (communities) of Konga and Halo Beriti, and he also has a site dedicated to natural coffee processing near the kebele of Aricha. In addition, in 2017 when the laws in Ethiopia changed to allow for private exporters to be able to legally export traceable coffees, he expanded the scope of what he did by quickly setting up his own export company. The name of Abiyot's company is Boledu, which is a named after a river that runs through Yirgacheffe.The operations of Abiyot's company Boledu started relatively small, but have grown significantly over the last few years. While the company has grown, it is not the growth that the company talks about first. It is rather their quality initiatives. From shade drying coffee for better self stability, to anaerobic fermentation, and building out their new quality control lab - Boledu is always tweaking their processes and focused on setting up their business for quality first.